Finally… Slate Tells the Full Truth About the Anti-GMO Campaign

Val Giddings July 17, 2015
July 17, 2015

The title of William Saletan’s July 15 j’accuse in Slate, “Unhealthy Fixation” is spot on, writes Val Giddings in Innovation Files, but the subtitle really nails it: “The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud. Labeling them will not make you safer.” Longer than most blog posts, it’s well worth reading, as it lays out in meticulous and measured prose, with abundant citations, the panoply of shifting arguments and reversals that demonstrate to all who have eyes to see the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the campaign spearheaded by Greenpeace against recombinant DNA techniques applied to improving agriculture. He does, however, elide the difficulty of overcoming this populist fear mongering.